By Natural Advocate | December 31, 2006 - 12:09 pm - Posted in Foods

Sage is an excellent spice for cooking.  I don’t use it very often, and was reminded at how savory the spice can be when used, especially when used with vegetables, when I went to a holiday family gathering where someone has used sage as the primary spice in a delicious greenbean dish that was nutritious and had tons of flavor. 

The sage flower is purples, and it almost reminds me of a salvia, and in fact I do believe it may be in the salvia family, as it has multiple buds going up the shaft of the stalk.  The part of the sage plant that is used in cooking however, is not the purple flower, but rather the green part of the plant, the leaves.  The flavor of sage in the rough is often bitter with a slightly sweet smell, but in cooking with it, salt and sweet spices often complement it and cut the bitterness quite a bit, so the real aroma and taste comes out. 

Sage is often used in Mediterranean cooking, but is not quite as popular here in the US in our cooking for some reason.  Sage is often used in sausages and meats as a wonderfully aromatic and complementary spice, and is often used in sauces to put over pasta.  Now, on to the good stuff.  What are the therapeutic and health benefits of sage?  Well, it can be used as a stimulating tonic for the digestive tract, and has also been used in conjunction with an alcohol base as a mouthwash to help mouth sores heal faster. 

Sage has been known to repel insects of many kinds, however, it attracts bees like crazy, so if you’re allergic to bees, you may want to buy your sage in the grocery store instead of growing it in your garden!


By Natural Advocate | December 30, 2006 - 1:39 pm - Posted in Hair Loss Treatments, Vitamins & Minerals

Hair loss and balding is not only a huge and increasing problem for men with male pattern baldness, but it is also unfortunately on the rise for women. Research suggests that there are actually genetic causes for balding, but there are also hormonal imbalances at work, and sometimes even vitamin and mineral deficiencies which only add to and accelerate hair loss and thinning. Studies do show that if there are people in your immediate family that have experienced hair loss, there is a great likelihood that you will experience the same hair loss and/or thinning by about the same age, or at least in the same vicinity.

Also, if you have certain diseases or ailments, such as Lupus, Hyper or Hypo Thyroidism, you are going to be much more predisposed to experiencing premature hair loss and hair thinning, regardless of your sex. These facts make many people feel hopeless about their “future hair”, and throw their hands up in surrender to their certain fate. But, what most people don’t realize is that they can help keep the hair the have on their head as well as grow healthier, strong new hair by taking certain vitamins and ensuring they get proper nutrition in the foods they choose to eat on a daily basis.

There are even some advanced supplements on the market that will combine a lot of these ingredients all into one so that you are not popping twelve pills a day simply to get all of them in your diet in adequate amounts without having to carefully examine every morsel of food you put in your mouth to make sure you are getting your daily allowance of these potentially follicle-saving nutrients.

The first vitamin is one that actually receives a little more attention for its therapeutic properties for female hair loss. It’s a very common and easily obtained vitamin, and you probably in fact get a little dose of this in your daily multi-vitamin if you take one. It’s vitamin E. Vitamin E has long been touted as a great vitamin for both skin and hair health. While no research has directly associated vitamin E with actual hair regrowth, many believe that vitamin E plays an integral role in maintaining healthy, soft and shiny hair, as well as supple skin.

Vtiamin E is actually very plentiful in many foods in the American diet, and so a deficiency in the vitamin is relatively uncommong. Certain animal fats contain vitamin E, dark green leafy veggies, milk fat, whole grains, eggs, and other foods all are rich in this vitamin, so chances are you are getting plenty of it. Vitamin E is also reportedly an antioxidant, but beware, you can over do it on vitamin E. Vitamin E can store in the system and become toxic, so in this case, there is “too much of a good thing”. Your diet should suffice, and if you take a vitamin, the amount in the vitamin should be fine. This is also a common vitamin found in many hair health and hair regrowth supplements.

Vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are another family of “buzz vitamins” for healthy hair growth and maintenance. B6 is really primarily known as an energy sustainer and provider to most of us, but what about what this vitamin can do to help prevent hair loss and sustain hair health and vitality (making it “pretty”)? Vitamin B6 helps your body to produce melanin, which is the natural chemical responsible for creating the pigment in your hair and is found in many hair health and loss supplements, including the Provillus hair loss product. Not only does B6 help to prevent hair loss from occurring, it also helps your hair to maintain its youthful, healthy color. B12 has demonstrated its abilities to prevent hair loss.

Pantothenic acid is another hair helper that you will find in many hair health supplements as well as hair loss supplements, and you may even find this one in topical products for hair loss, meaning shampoos, conditioners, and scalp massage oils or concoctions. Another name for Pantothenic Acid is vitamin B5, so this is another B vitamin that has been heralded for its hair sustaining qualities, and is worthy of attention if you are concerned about hair loss. This vitamin also helps maintain the color (pigment) in the hair, and can help with premature greying of the hair, so it is also included in quite a few hair health and hair growth supplements.

Niacin, or vitamin B3, is another B vitamin for hair health. This vitamin reportedly promotes healthy scalp circulation, which can help stimulate the hair follicle and prevent clogging and unhealthy follicles which many times leads to stagnant hair growth (ie hair loss). Healthy scalp circulation is important to maintaining a healthy, vibrant head of hair, so you may also want to buy a scalp massage oil. I found one that is excellent by an herbal company called Jason in my local natural foods store. There are other ones that are great as well, that not only help to make your scalp healthier, but also really make your head feel great, clean and energized.




By Natural Advocate | December 29, 2006 - 2:57 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

The New Year’s resolutions span the gummut of health improvement and self improvement, but what are some of the most common ones?  Well, quitting smoking is a big one.  Smoking cessation products take a whole new view of advertising opportunity during the new year, and there’s a reason why!  Also, weight loss is consistently up there as far as improving overall health.  Working out more is another common new years health resolution and is often connected to the weight loss resolution for most people.  Some people have more of a personal goal, like getting together with friends and family more often, or expanding their personal business or goals for the year in some way. 

Another health goal for some may be to just generally try to be happier, and have a healthier outlook on life, trying not to fall into depression (which 99% of the population has at some point in their life, whether man or woman).  For those people, they may want to get more into activities that involve socialization and other activities that involve helping others, as well as taking care of their bodies. 

Whatever your health goal is, there are some great ways to achieve optimal health, as discussed here in herbal news magazine, so please, remember to bookmark us for the latest in alternative health news! 

By Natural Advocate | December 27, 2006 - 4:14 pm - Posted in Medical News

A prominent Alzheimers disease researcher and doctor for the NIH, pleaded guilty recently to a conflict of interest in his researching duties and a conflict with Pfizer drug company. 

The doctor, Pearson Sunderland III, received $285,000.00 in consultant fees from the pharmaceutical giant since he gave them thousands of highly sought after tissue samples from his research into Alzheimers and various medications that may help the mind-deteriorating disease. 

The doctor admitted to the indiscretion and says that this was not part of his “normal character”, and that he cannot give a good explanation as to why he did what he did.  Of course, this has probably permanently tarnished his reputation as a respected doctor in the Alzheimers field and also a respected researcher. 

Shame on Pfizer too, whom I’m sure had knowledge that this doctor was not supposed to be giving out this information to a profiting drug company.  I bet this goes on all the time though.    

By Natural Advocate | December 26, 2006 - 11:10 am - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

I have yet to see Al Gore’s expose on the truth about global warming, and I know when I do see it, I’m probably going to get hopping mad like most others who’ve told me they’ve seen it. 

TerraPass, the company I told you about a few weeks ago, is a small company that has come up with a revolutionary concept of helping to reverse the effects of your car’s emissions on the ozone layer and global warming. 

They are a company worth looking into, and a membership is very cheap, depending on how much emissions your car puts out.  Now, if you’re driving around a jalopy that emits more smoke than a chimney stack, you’re looking at a bit steeper of a cost, but you get a neat little sticker to display in your car window with each sponsorship, and this helps further this company’s great cause even more by spreading awareness (yes, people really do read bumper stickers and window stickers when they’re bored in traffic). 

So, I just got a newsletter with exciting updates about this little ingenious company.  Here are some of the highlights (you can see how much this little company has grown in such a short period of time):

  • Jan 1: we have three employees, fewer than 2,600 members, and one product: the Road TerraPass.
  • Mar 21: the world is saved when we explain how to turn 6 pounds of gasoline into 20 pounds of CO2, still one of our most popular blog posts.
  • Mar 23: we wade deep into controversy by taking a stand in the prescriptivism vs. descriptivism grammar wars. (By the way, we’ve largely ditched the slogan.)
  • Apr 3: our fourth employee signs on. Most of you know Orrin as the man behind the conservation tips, but in his spare time he’s the operational force behind TerraPass.
  • Apr 25: TerraPass announces a partnership with Ford, the culmination of a year-long negotiation. This was a company-defining moment for us, not because it was the biggest deal we signed this year (it wasn’t), but because it forced us to get real. Landing and implementing a deal like this, to say nothing of working with a partner as knowledgeable as Ford, puts you through the paces in a way that no amount of planning or strategizing can.
  • May 17: three weeks later, the CEI controversy breaks. Ford is implicated. Wheee!
  • Jun 2: An Inconvenient Truth opens. Whether the movie is a cause or reflection of the growing popular awareness of global warming is an issue future historians can debate, but the fact remains that people are willing to shell out $28m to watch Al Gore give a Powerpoint presentation on climate change.
  • Jul 11: Product numero dos launches: Flight TerraPass.
  • Aug 28: TerraPass announces deal with Expedia. Angels sing.
  • Aug 30: California Global Warming Solutions Act passes, placing the world’s 5th-largest economy under carbon regulation.
  • Sep 5: Product numero tres: TerraPass Home and Dorm.
  • Sep 13: our fifth employee! With Adam Stern’s arrival, the team’s collective experience roughly quintuples.
  • Nov 7: the election is quietly perceived to be a watershed event by proponents of action on climate change. So long, Inhofe.
  • Today: five employees, over 26,000 members, and three kick-butt products.


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